Play-offs all but gone

Rotherham United slumped to another defeat on Monday with an away 2-0 drubbing to Crawley Town.

The defeat all but ended the Millers play-off hopes as they now sit nine points away from seventh place.

Although there are 21 points still possible for Rotherham to win, it is unlikely the team will be able to amass enough of those to pull up into the play-offs when others around them are in better form.

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A goal two minutes before half-time knocked the sails out of the Rotherham performance, as they leaked two further goals in the second half. One of which was from the penalty spot.

Caretaker manager Darren Patterson said: “I am obviously disappointed with the result, but first half we should be comfortably three or four in front.”

“We absolutely battered them, couldn’t convert our chances and get done with a sucker punch. I am disappointed second half we conceded such a sloppy goal early on.”

The Millers have not been able to take their chances all season and their poor home form has been a let down to the fans that have attended week in week out.

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It’s been rumoured the Millers are close to signing a new manager and could do in the next couple of days.

If the board and chairman has any sense they’ll make the appointment as soon as possible, which will be for the good of the club.

The Millers need a manager who can turn the team around and produce a team for next season who are able to score goals and take a home advantage.

This new manager may be one with experience but could equally be a fresh face to the game and come in to the club with ambition, drive and the want to take the club up the divisions.

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At the moment the new manager will inherit a squad that is more than capable at playing at this level and doing well.

The true test of the new manager, when they are appointed, will be their signings.

They’ll have to make some shrewd signings that will come in and strengthen the weakest areas of the team on a shoestring.

The sooner the new manager comes into place the more time they’ll have to build up a team for next season.